Community celebrates Juneteenth

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SHERMAN, TX - More than a hundred people showed up and participated in the annual Juneteenth celebration in Sherman.
Although there was plenty going on, It was all for one important reason.

Residents of Sherman and surrounding communities gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Sherman to celebrate an important day in history.

"It's a coming together that we support Juneteenth and what it stands for," said Pastor Charles Brown, organizer of the parade.

Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It originated from Galveston, Texas in 1865 as the African American Emancipation spread across the nation.

"You know a lot of people growing up today they don't really know, but the kids are here. We want them to keep this going so they'll understand what freedom is all about and that's what this is all about. It means a lot to this community," said Brown.

"As family, as people of color, it's very important for us to keep that going on so that our kids know how important it is, that history history," said Angela Bothwell, a participant in the celebration.

The community celebrated with guest speakers, music, food and a parade. It gave a chance for people of all races and nationalities to acknowledge a period in history that has shaped and influenced our society today.

"This says that all Americans are equal and all men are equal, created equal. So we want to celebrate that and remind ourselves that we're neighbors, we're friends and we work together as a community," said Carolyn Wacker, Mayor of Sherman.

Just that we're able to come together and celebrate what was and what is now. We're able to sit down and eat together. So that's a celebration. That's happiness," said Bothwell.

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